Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z2001 / Sr Machinist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


This position produces complex R&D prototype machined parts and components by programming, setting up, and operating computer numerical control, vertical mills, lathes, and traditional conventional machines. Maintains quality and safety standards and maintains supplies and equipment. Supervises employees, student employees, and graduate and undergraduate students as they complete class projects. Transfers information from verbal requests, rough sketches, or data from part drawings to complete prototypes of a high degree of complexity and high quality. Conducts formal practicum and/or classroom curriculum to students in direct support of academic programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees and coordinates all day-to-day operational and support activities of the shop, ensures that work production meets established objectives, specifications, and standards, and that all applicable operating policies and procedures are adhered to.
  2. Provides technical guidance, expertise and leadership to faculty and students regarding design and how to build complex, novel or state of the art prototypes, components and parts often requiring the development of new and improved techniques, procedures and tooling.
  3. Produces custom tooling and fixture design as needed for complex prototypes.
  4. Leads and conducts the review, planning, development and implementation of department wide safety program and monitors safety issues in the research labs.
  5. Participates directly in the development of undergraduate curriculum in support of academic programs; prepares specified documentation and reports on student progress.
  6. Operates standard and specialized equipment, i.e. engine lathe, horizontal or vertical milling machines, surface grinder, band saw, drill press, and measuring tools to produce prototype parts.
  7. Consults with engineers and other personnel regarding product information such as design, capacity and purpose, and types of materials to be used for fabrication.
  8. Analyzes written specifications, drawings, rough sketches, and oral instructions to plan layout and determine sequence of operations. Plans machining by studying work orders, blueprints, engineering plans, materials, specifications, drawings, reference planes, locations of surfaces, and machining parameters; interprets geometric dimensions and tolerances.
  9. Tests experimental models under simulated operating conditions for such purposes as development, standardization, and feasibility of design.
  10. Evaluates experimental procedures and recommends changes or modifications for efficiency and adaptability to setup and production.
  11. May review, evaluate, and make recommendations for purchases such as supplies, materials, and/or equipment.
  12. May supervise the work of employees engaged in shop production and production support activities, to include recommendations for hiring, termination, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
  13. Maintains current knowledge with respect to relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to operate standard and specialized equipment to produce prototype parts.
  • Ability to perform standard shop computations.
  • Skill in production of parts with extremely close tolerances.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to perform experimental procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Program planning, development, implementation, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Expert, high-end user of computer aided design programs such as Solid Works, Pro-E, and MasterCam.
  • Working knowledge of geometric dimensions and tolerances.
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, Pro Engineer, Solid Works and/or related CAD software.
  • Knowledge of technical math.
  • Knowledge of American National Standards Institute - ANSI.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Overseeing and coordinating all day-to-day operational and support activities of the shop. b) Providing technical guidance, expertise and leadership to faculty and students regarding design and how to build complex prototypes often requiring the development of new and improved techniques, procedures and tooling. c) Producing custom tooling and fixture design for complex prototypes. d) Participating in the development of curriculum and provided formal practicum in direct support of academic programs. e) Leading and constructing the review, planning, development and implementation of safety programs.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 06/13/2020